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Switching from MDIs could reduce carbon impact of inhalers and save money Subscription

Switching patients who use metered-dose inhalers, which contain hydrofluoroalkane propellants, to cheaper, more environmentally friendly alternatives could lead to major cost savings, as well as reduced NHS greenhouse gas emissions.

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Benzodiazepine and Z-drug prescribing linked to socioeconomic deprivationSubscription

Benzodiazepines and Z-drugs are prescribed more frequently in areas of greater socioeconomic deprivation, a study published in Family Practice has shown.

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Poor evidence available on cannabinoids in mental health conditionsSubscription

There is a lack of high-quality evidence supporting the use of cannabinoids in the treatment of mental disorders, the authors of a meta-analysis published in the Lancet Psychiatry have concluded.

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Flu vaccination in pregnancy found to be effective in immunising babiesSubscription

Having a flu vaccination during pregnancy helps to prevent infection and admission to hospital in babies, a study funded by Public Health England has found.

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Antidepressant use soars despite static depression prevalence, study findsSubscription

Use of antidepressants among older people has more than doubled over the past 20 years, despite little change in the prevalence of depression, research published in The British Journal of Psychiatry has shown.

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Combination immunotherapy for melanoma improves long-term survival ratesSubscription

Patients with advanced melanoma treated with a combination of ipilimumab and nivolumab are more likely to be alive five years later than patients treated with ipilimumab alone or nivolumab alone.

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Omega-3 supplements can improve ADHD symptoms in some young peopleSubscription

Omega-3 fish oil supplements improve attention and vigilance in young people with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, who have low levels of omega-3, a study in Translational Psychiatry suggests.

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Antihypertensive medicines most effective when taken at nightSubscription

Taking antihypertensive medications in the evening, rather than the morning, improves blood pressure control and reduces the risk of cardiovascular events, a study published in the European Heart Journal suggests.

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Oral spray delivers vitamin D as effectively as capsules, research suggestsSubscription

Using an oral spray to deliver vitamin D is just as effective as a capsule, research published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition has shown.

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Better tools needed to aid antidepressant discontinuation, researchers saySubscription

Decision aids could help GPs and patients in the process of discontinuing antidepressants, researchers have said.

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Effect of antibiotics on colorectal cancer risk varies along the gutSubscription

Oral antibiotic use is linked to an increased risk of colon cancer, but a reduced risk of rectal cancer, a study in Gut suggests.

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Fluoroquinolone use linked to heart problems, research suggestsSubscription

Patients exposed to fluoroquinolone antibiotics are more than twice as likely to develop aortic or mitral regurgitation, compared with patients taking amoxicillin, according to research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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Nivolumab improves survival in non-small cell lung carcinoma, study results suggestSubscription

Patients treated with nivolumab for advanced non-small cell lung carcinoma had a better survival rate at five years than those who received chemotherapy, a follow-up trial has shown.

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Sertraline may reduce anxiety more quickly than depressive symptomsSubscription

Sertraline is unlikely to reduce depressive symptoms within six weeks, according to findings from a randomised controlled trial in The Lancet Psychiatry.

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SGLT-2 inhibitors reduce heart failure risk across patient groupsSubscription

Sodium–glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitors are associated with a reduced risk of heart failure compared with dipeptidyl peptidase 4 inhibitors, even in people without a history of cardiovascular disease, a study published in The BMJ has shown.

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Researchers find strong link between vitamin D deficiency and diabetes-related deaths Subscription

Vitamin D deficiency is associated with increased mortality and is particularly associated with diabetes-related deaths, according to research presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes annual meeting.

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